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Auditions for 2015-2016 Opera Program

  • Fall ’15 Opera Production – La clemenza di Tito
    By W. A. Mozart. Sung in Italian
  • Winter ’16 Concert Presentation
  • Spring ’16 Opera Production – Ariadne auf Naxos.

Dates and Times

Tue. Aug. 25th, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, MUS 105
Wed. Aug. 26th, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, MUS 105
Fri. Aug. 28th, 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, MUS 105

The signup sheet will be posted on the opera Call Board in Ramo Hall of Music one week before the first day of classes,  Monday August 17th.

USC Thornton Opera Program
Office: Room MUS 212
(213) 740-6451

Visit this link for information about USC Thornton School Admissions.

Who Can Audition

The USC Thornton Opera Program includes preparation for both the fall and spring productions as well as the winter (early spring semester) opera scenes program. The opera program will hold auditions at the beginning of the fall semester each year. Only students currently admitted to a USC degree program are eligible to audition for the opera program. Graduate students and undergraduates from their second year on are invited to sign up for an audition time. Newly admitted undergraduate students may schedule an audition ONLY with the permission of their Voice Teacher. For more information, please contact our Opera Manager, Damien Elwood,

What to Sing and How to Sign Up

Those auditioning should have two to three opera arias or “art songs” prepared. An accompanist will be provided but the singer can bring their own accompanist if so desired. The singer must provide music for the accompanist.

Auditions are conducted in USC Thornton School of Music facilities on the University Park Campus. Audio or video recordings will not be accepted. Audition time slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis by signing up on sheets posted on the Opera Call Board in the Ramo Hall lobby. The sign-up sheets will be posted the Monday of the first week of fall classes.

*Check with your USC Thornton student advisor regarding which opera class to enroll in. Since auditions for the 2015-2016 opera program are held the first week of classes, prospective participants should enroll in the Opera Workshop class prior to the auditions to avoid late registration fees. Permission slips can be obtained from the Vocal Arts Office in RHM 212.